Michael Davis is senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions and professor of philosophy, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Before coming to Illinois Tech in 1986, he taught at Case Western Reserve, Illinois State, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Ph.D., University of Michigan, Philosophy (1972)

Research Interests

Integration of Ethics into Technical Courses

Research Ethics

Social Contract (especially Locke and Hobbes)

Engineering Ethics

Punishment Theory


From1985-86, has held a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship.

Since 1991, eight grants from the National Science Foundation, including three to integrate ethics into technical courses.

2013-2015, a sub-grant from European Commission 7th Framework Programme (Promoting Global Responsible Research & Social and Scientific Innovation).



To Make the Punishment Fit the Crime (Westview, 1992)

Justice in the Shadow of Death (Rowman & Littlefield, 1996)

Thinking Like an Engineer (Oxford, 1998)

Ethics and the University (Routledge, 1999)

Profession, Code, and Ethics (Ashgate, 2002);

Actual Social Contract and Political Obligation (Mellen, 2002)


Ethics and the Legal Professions (Prometheus, 1986)

AIDS: Crisis in Professional Ethics (Temple, 1994)

Conflict of Interest in the Professions (Oxford, 2001)


Engineering Ethics (Ashgate, 2005)